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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norah Vincent Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781101564295
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At thirty-four, Nick Walsh is a broken, deeply cynical man. Since the violent deaths of his parents thirteen years earlier, he has been living alone in his childhood home in the suburban Midwest, drinking, drugging, and debauching himself into oblivion. A measure of solace is provided by his newly found relationship with Monica, a mysterious woman who seems to harbor as many secrets as he does.

Obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents’ deaths, Nick begins a campaign of spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones he has covertly installed in their houses. As he observes all the strange, sad, and terrifying things that his neighbors do to themselves and to one another, and as he, in turn, learns that he is being stalked, he begins to slowly unravel the shocking truth about how and why his parents died.

At once unsettling and moving, humorous and horrifying, Thy Neighbor explores the nature of grief, the potential isolation of suburban life, and who we really are when we think no one is watching.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Norah Vincent  will make you laugh while she is breaking your heart...At once a misanthropic rant, a voyeuristic free for all, and a philosophic thriller, Thy Neighbor is a book that you will tear through in a few days and chew on for a long time thereafter. It’s a heady and wonderful read.”

    Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story

  • “One of our smartest and most original journalists has changed hats, and the new one fits her perfectly. A raging, jolting, arrestingly hard-edged novel of paranoia and revenge in the suburbs, Thy Neighbor crackles with ferocious energy and virtuosic phrasemaking.”

    Terry Teachout, New York Times bestselling author of Pops

  • “Edoardo Ballerini perfectly captures the patronizing, pretentious, angry, disdainful, egotistical, and vainglorious Nick Walsh, a complicated thirty-four-year-old drunk...Ballerini’s dark, authoritative performance features crisp intonation and considerable acting skills...An exceptional narration.”


  • “Spooky and thought-provoking.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Cooley | 2/12/2014

    " Unable to understand why his Father killed his Mother, then took his own life, Nick begins installing hidden cameras in his neighbors' homes, voyeurism that only inspires more questions than answers ... especially about himself. Written by a seasoned (and often controversial) journalist, Norah Vincent's fiction debut THY NEIGHBOR is a wonderful showcase of her considerable skill with prose. Unfortunately, as a story, it often meanders off course and struggles to keep our interest, is stocked with characters -- like Nick himself -- that we don't like or have much interest in, and is often very hard to follow, even for this reader who read it in less than a week's time. This is not the modern Hitchcock Noir I hoped for when I read about the plot, and is not for fans of straightforward pop fiction. Looking at Norah Vincent's body of work, I would think that's exactly how she designed it. Prepare to be challenged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Smschade | 2/2/2014

    " I couldn't get very far before I returned this to the library. There was a creepy main character, his wierd kind-of friend, and crude language that just couldn't keep me reading. I'll pass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/31/2014

    " A smart, gritty read. I love the way she describes little things that people do when they're just talking to other people...running their fingers around the buttons on a remote control or picking grass and twining it while sitting outside. Voyeuristic train wreck page turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gg | 1/19/2014

    " Had to call it quits at page 45. Awful writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibmommy | 1/7/2014

    " Disturbed neighbor as he uncovers the truth behind his parents murder suicide. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/7/2014

    " Started out awesome, though rude and crude, it was hilarious. Then something happened and it became less enjoyable. So disappointing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karalyn Manns | 12/23/2013

    " Couldn't even get halfway through this book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 12/20/2013

    " I loved Ms. Vincent's previous two books so was thrilled to see this one in the bookstore. However, the first ten pages or so were filled with what I interpreted as depression and self-loathing that I abandoned it. I hope she writes another book as she is an excellent writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terina | 12/8/2013

    " I can't entirely blame the quality of the book for its unfinished status. It may be that it just isn't a good pick for the middle of a Midwest winter. Will try again this summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne Mohler-Musgrave | 12/5/2013

    " Pretty strange~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irus | 8/12/2013

    " This book is every bit as disturbing as critics have been saying, yet it is beautifully and knowingly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 8/5/2013

    " Weird, deceptive, voyeuristic neighbors spying on you as you spy on them. Seemed like a good premise. Execution not so great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 6/21/2013

    " I just couldn't get through this book. It was way too bizarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 4/14/2013

    " I used to know someone this bitter, this wrapped up in all the wrongs done unto him, this tragic. It was strange to read about a character so similar, even though the circumstances are WAY WAY different. Some of the writing was a wee dramatic but overall, I really enjoyed this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 4/13/2013

    " It kept me hooked to figure out the mystery, but some of the writing was overblown. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christa Hill | 3/7/2013

    " Couldn't even finish it. Terrible "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 9/30/2012

    " I could not finish this book. Maybe I will pick it up at a later date and be able to enjoy it more. "

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About the Author
Author Norah Vincent

Norah Vincent is the author of the New York Times bestseller Self-Made Man. Previously, she wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, New Republic, Village Voice, and the Washington Post. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. His screen credits include the feature films Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die, as well as the television series The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and 24. An acclaimed narrator, he has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.